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Tax Season Preparation Checklist

Any successful business owner knows that preparing for tax season is essential. This post provides the documents and data you should have prepared when filing your taxes.

Financial Statements

  • Profit and Loss Statement (Income Statement)
  • Balance Sheet
  • Cash Flow Statement

Receipts and Records

  • All business-related receipts, invoices, and expense records
  • Records of any business-related financial transactions

Business Income Documentation

  • Sales records and invoices
  • Payment receipts from customers
  • Bank statements showing income deposits

Expense Documentation

  • Receipts for all business expenses, including office supplies, rent, utilities, and more
  • Credit card statements or canceled checks related to business expenses
  • Mileage records for business-related travel

Employee Records

  • Employee payroll records, including W-2 or 1099 forms
  • Records of any employee benefits provided

Tax Forms

  • Completed tax forms such as IRS Form 1040, 1120, 1120S, or 1065 (depending on the business structure)
  • Estimated tax payments made throughout the year

Depreciation and Asset Records

  • Records of any business assets, their purchase dates, costs, and depreciation information
  • Any Section 179 deductions or depreciation schedules

Health Insurance Records

  • Documentation of health insurance premiums paid by the business (if eligible for deductions)

Previous Tax Returns

  • Copies of prior years’ tax returns for reference

IRS Correspondence and Notices

  • Any correspondence or notices received from the IRS or state tax agencies

Financial Software Data

  • Data from accounting and financial software used for bookkeeping

Legal Entity Documents

  • Documentation proving the legal structure of the business (e.g., articles of incorporation, partnership agreements)

Business Licenses and Permits

  • Copies of any business licenses or permits

Retirement Plan Contributions (if applicable)

  • Records of any contributions to retirement plans, such as a SEP IRA or 401(k)

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